Why doesn't Clinton care about my jailed husband? Janan Abdu /The Electronic Intifada Janan Abdu with her two daughters outside a closed-door hearing on her husband Ameer Makhoul's arrest, loxapine 12 May 2010. Loxapine I used to tell my husband, loxapine Ameer Makhoul, loxapine "One day, loxapine they'll come for you." As chairman of the Public Committee for the Protection of Political Freedoms he'd begun to organize an awareness-raising campaign to push back against the security services' harassment of our community, loxapine the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Come for Ameer they did, loxapine late one night this May, loxapine pounding at our door, loxapine ransacking our house and terrifying our two teenage daughters. Loxapine And now I've joined the ranks of Palestinian prisoners' wives, loxapine many thousands of us from the occupied territories as well as within Israel. Loxapine His 13 July hearing -- persecution really -- could begin the legal nightmare that ruptures our family for many years. Loxapine This is the likely course of events unless Ameer gets a fair trial and his coerced statements are rejected or suppressed by the court. "Democracies don't fear their own people, loxapine" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in her 3 July speech in Poland at the 10th anniversary meeting of the Community of Democracies. Loxapine "They recognize that citizens must be free to come together to advocate and agitate." But the head of Israel's General Security Services said three years ago that Palestinian citizens' organizational efforts for equality constitute a "strategic threat, loxapine" even if pursued by lawful means. That's not how democracy works. Loxapine We may be a minority of 20 percent, loxapine but our rights to organize and insist on full equality and civil rights ought to be sacrosanct. Loxapine That's what our entire community believes. Loxapine The Public Committee that Ameer chaired was established within the framework of the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab Citizens of Israel, loxapine the community's overall coordinating body. Loxapine It's a vital position and the leading organization protecting our civil rights. And now he faces the most serious charges leveled against a Palestinian citizen of Israel since the creation of the state in 1948. Loxapine He is accused of being a spy (for the Lebanese militant group Hizballah) and having contact with a foreign agent. Loxapine His trial will likely last for months. After his arrest, loxapine Ameer was held incommunicado for 21 days and tortured. Loxapine Then Israeli officials pressed their charges, loxapine based on the "confession" he made during this time, loxapine when he was deprived of sleep, loxapine shackled in a painful position to a small chair and not allowed to see his lawyers. Ameer denies all charges. Loxapine As he said in his first letter from Gilboa Prison, loxapine he was "forced to explain to them in a very detailed way how exactly I did what I didn't do, loxapine ever." And if the prosecution needs any more information to make its case, loxapine all they have to do is use "so-called secret evidence, loxapine which my lawyers and I have no legal right to know about." Clinton's Krakow speech focused on civil society: Ameer is a civil society activist. Loxapine He directs Ittijah, loxapine the Union of Arab-Based Community Associations -- a coalition that brings together 84 nongovernmental organizations. Loxapine Clinton criticized several governments by name -- but not Israel -- for intimidation and assassination of activists. Loxapine Why does America's drive to promote human rights stop at Israel's door? Throughout his life, loxapine Ameer has struggled for the rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel -- there are more than 35 laws on the books that discriminate against us -- as well as those of the Palestinian people overall. Loxapine He has the ability to lead and to convene diverse viewpoints, loxapine bringing them together across sect and ideology. Loxapine His ability to network locally, loxapine at the Arab level, loxapine and internationally, loxapine coupled with his clear strategic vision -- this is what Israel is trying to silence. The youth also look to him for leadership, loxapine which infuriates the Israeli security services. Loxapine They told Ameer so when they hauled him in for questioning during our community's protests against Israel's assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009. During that interrogation they threatened to put him away if he kept up his activism, loxapine saying, loxapine "We can 'disappear' you. Loxapine You should know that the next time we bring you in you will not see your family again for a long time." The few times we've been allowed to visit him thick glass has separated us and our meetings were taped. Loxapine Ameer asked me for a copy of my new book to read in jail, loxapine but they wouldn't let me even take him that. Loxapine My daughters really miss their father. Loxapine They often say, loxapine "If only we'd been able to hug him before they took him away." That's one of the things that hurts them most, loxapine not being able to hug their father. Loxapine To read the rest of the article go to: http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/07/a-prisoner’s-wife/